Tesla’s Superchargers were first introduced to Europe exactly 10 years ago
EV company marks 10th anniversary of Superchargers after bringing latest-generation V4 devices to UK
Tesla is today allowing electric car drivers in the UK to charge for free to mark the 10th anniversary of its Supercharger network in Europe.
Open to owners of all EVs and not just Teslas, the firm’s Supercharger devices will be free to use from 08:00 to 23:59 BST on Tuesday 29 August. The last charging sessions must begin by 22:59 at the latest.
The European network was inaugurated on 19 August 2013 in Norway and since then has expanded to include 36 countries and 13,000 individual chargers.
The initiative comes as part of Tesla’s Summer Celebrations, wherein the EV company offers its thanks to those who have supported it since it began and contributed to the growth of its Supercharger network, which now comprises 9200 devices across Europe.
As of November 2021, the European Supercharger network started to accept EVs from other brands, with 15 individual locations in the UK currently taking part in a pilot scheme allowing all EVs to use the network.
Last week, Tesla launched its latest-generation V4 Supercharger in the UK, and this will eventually open up Tesla sites across the UK to EVs from all brands.
It features a three-metre-long cable that can supply power at rates of up to 250kW for EVs with a CCS connection, activated either by contactless card payment or via the Tesla smartphone app. Prices are set at 50p per kWh.
While other charging firms have already introduced faster chargers, for instance Gridserve’s 350kW High Power unit, a Tesla spokesperson told Autocar the V4 was “futureproof”, thanks to over-the-air software-update functionality, and that faster rates could be offered in the future.
The V4 features a more discreet design than Tesla’s previous-generation V3 charger. The design with a large aperture, which has been a Tesla staple for three generations of chargers, has been replaced by a solid box.
It now features a digital screen that facilitates card payment and displays a digital receipt that can be downloaded through a scannable QR code.
The fastest-charging EVs currently on sale in the UK max out at 350kW, but the advent of 800V charging hardware is anticipated to allow for much quicker top-up times in the near future.
The first V4 devices are at Tesla’s dealership in Tottenham, north London, but will eventually be rolled out to Tesla charging sites across the UK.
Autocar tested one of the new V4 chargers and recorded a charging speed of 76kW on a BMW iX1, which claims a maximum charging speed of 130kW.